How Maths built the Pyramids.

June 22, 2020 6:59 pm


When you see the splendor of the Pyramids of Giza it is a sobering thought to remember that they were built some five thousand years ago and are still standing. They may have lost some of their sparkle, they were originally covered in dressed limestone so that they shone in the sun, but they still retain their power as one of the few remaining wonders of the ancient world.

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Anything that needs to be constructed has to be properly accounted for. If the Accountants Swindon based firm had been in charge of the finances you can guarantee that would have happened. However, they would have had to have a good understanding of Egyptian mathematics.

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Whilst we do not know a huge amount about their maths, most of the records were written on papyrus which decays over time, we do know that they were highly skilled in its application. Evidence of this is the Pyramids and their other buildings such as Karnak. The Ancient Egyptians had knowledge of multiplication and fractions plus they were able to calculate the surface area and volume. This gave them the skills to use geometry and architectural engineering so that what they put stayed up.